Dr. Lisa M. Burns is an Associate Professor of Media Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as an M.A. in rhetoric and B.A. in broadcast journalism from Duquesne University. Professor Burns teaches courses including Media History; Media Influence; Sports, Media & Society; Political Communication; and Introduction to Media Communications. Her book,
"First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives" was published by Northern Illinois University Press in August 2008. She has also published journal articles on first lady media coverage in "Rhetoric & Public Affairs" and "White House Studies." Her research interests include media history, political communication, particularly media coverage of U.S. first ladies and presidents, sports & media, and media criticism. In addition to her teaching and research, Prof. Burns works with the Professional Athlete Transition
Institute's "Life After Hockey" program, running workshops and providing individual coaching in sports broadcasting and public speaking to current and retired professional athletes. On campus, Prof. Burns is co-chair of the new Sports Studies minor and a case advisor for the Academic Integrity Board. She also serves as the faculty advisor of Alpha Chi Omega, a social sorority, and is a member of the Athletics Council. A former broadcast journalist, Professor Burns won several awards for her work as a news and sports reporter and producer in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. She is a self-professed â€œmedia junkieâ€ and a die-hard hockey fan.